ISTANBUL May 2 Turkish prosecutors dismissed a
case against 60 suspects, among them a former minister's son and
a construction tycoon, in a graft scandal that has been swirling
around Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's inner circle, media said
The case, concerning the alleged award of illegal permits in
building projects, was the less important of two dossiers in the
graft scandal, which broke into the open on Dec. 17 when three
ministers' sons and businessmen were detained in police raids.
Erdogan, who has cast the investigations as part of a plot
to unseat him by a U.S.-based Islamic cleric, has so far
weathered the fallout, with his ruling AK Party dominating
nationwide local elections on March 30.
(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall and Sonya